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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.33

Efficient Truss Design and Building Geometry As articulated by the American Architect Buckminster Fuller, “The best way to predict the future is to design it.” Building design is a blend of cost and...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.32

In a Timber Shortage, Know Your Strengths If the current global pandemic isn’t enough for Truss & Frame fabricators to deal with, they are also faced with the uncertainty of timber supply....

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.31

UNDERSTANDING THE CERTIFIER PERSPECTIVE I have a friend of 15 years who had a long career in carpentry, building inspection and building education. He always enjoyed trying to shock me with stories...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.30

Path to Compliance for Structural Design Software In 2012, the ABCB Software Protocol for Structural Software was introduced and sets the minimum requirements for structural design software to meet...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.29

Considerations for the use of Nails vs Screws in your Timber Connections Nails and screws are the two most common fasteners specified by engineers and used by builders. When considering the suitable...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.28

OFFSITE OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW ENGINEERING LEGISLATION For this month’s Tech Talk I’m zooming out from the details and looking at changes in the laws that govern who can provide technical advice and...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.27

SHALLOW TRUSS CAMBERS DISAPPEARING INTO THE NIGHT Deflection issues, on site, from very shallow trusses raise their head on a regular basis despite many past precautionary articles on the subject....

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.26

Lateral Restraints in Pre-Fab Timber Roof Trusses Design vs Installation!    A truss is a very efficient structural member which consists of a group of ties and struts connected to form a structure...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.25

THE BENEFITS OF SCREWS FOR TIE-DOWNS In my last Tech Talk I hinted at changes in the product landscape for tie down connections. The industry is evolving even in this period of unprecedented change...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.24

THE MATRIX OF TRAINING Training isn’t just important to a company, it is vital. In our industry, if a detailer leaves or if business ramps up, hiring a new or replacement designer becomes a...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.23

DRIED vs. GREEN TIMBER From day to day, most people have some contact with dried or green timber in specifying and designing timber structures. When designing with dried timber, we must use dry...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.22

MACHINE DRIVEN vs HAND-HAMMERED NAIL Timber connection systems rely on a combination of the correct product, fasteners and installation practices to achieve their required capacity. They are...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.21

SOME RAMIFICATIONS FROM NCC 2019 Now that NCC 2019 is out and being enforced, a couple of hidden “gems” have surfaced that FTMA members and their customers should be aware of. Unfortunately, neither...

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FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.20

BOUNCY FLOORS – DON’T BLAME THE JOISTS! As our houses become more modern, clients’ requirements become more challenging. Home-owners and architects are demanding more open-plan spaces...

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